HobbitWatch – Report #3: Will Del Toro Direct “The Hobbit”?

Entertainment Weekly asks Guillermo Del Toro if he’s been asked to direct The Hobbit.

I’ve heard some rumblings, but nothing official. … I tried my best to read Lord of the Rings, the trilogy. I could not. I could not. They were very dense. And then one day, I bought The Hobbit. I read it and I loved it. So it would be a privilege.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • petertchattaway

    Leaving aside the question of whether Del Toro has the right style for this project, how could a guy who likes The Hobbit but couldn’t even read The Lord of the Rings direct the “bridge” film (i.e. the second part of the two-part [i]Hobbit[/i] deal) which would require knowledge of some of the even more obscure aspects of Tolkien lore?

  • http://thomwade.wordpress.com/ thomwade

    This would be my vote for best choice. Him or Chris Columbus.

    (Okay, I kid about Columbus)

  • http://teleguy2.wordpress.com/ teleguy2

    Yeesssssss!!!


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